Freeport residents show interest in municipal, school boards

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FREEPORT — About a half a dozen residents have taken out nomination papers in the past two weeks for seats on the Town Council, Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors and Sewer District Board of Trustees.

There are two seats available on the council: a three-year term in District 1 and a three-year term for a councilor-at-large.

Council Chairman Bill Muldoon, a councilor-at-large and resident of Roos Hill Drive, said he and his wife plan to move to Harpswell in the spring, so he will not seek re-election.

According to Town Clerk Beverly Curry, two people have taken out papers for the at-large council seat: James Hendricks of Bow Street and Henry Lawrence III of Maple Avenue. Hendricks has returned his papers, and is certified for the Nov. 2 ballot, Curry said.

Councilor Sara Gideon of Bow Street, the current District 1 representative, is completing the unexpired term of Genie Beaulieu, who resigned last year. Curry said Gideon took out nomination papers last week.

The District 1 seat requires 50 petition signatures, and the at-large seat requires 100.

Two, three-year seats are available on the Sewer District board. They are currently held by Ed Hindley of Wardtown Road and F. Donald Dorsey of South Freeport Road.

Curry said Park Street resident Tom Thomas Hudak took out papers for one of the two seats.

For the Water District, a seat held by John Karp of Kings Timber Way is available. No one had taken out papers as of Monday, Aug. 9 Curry said.

Both boards require candidates to collect 25 signatures.

For the RSU 5 board, three Freeport positions are open. The board is made up of six Freeport residents, three from Durham and two from Pownal. Freeport’s election is in November, while Durham and Pownal hold elections in April and June, respectively.

The board rotates term limits. This election is to fill two, three-year terms and one two-year term. All three positions require 25 signatures.

Board members Brenda Kielty and Kristin Dorsey have reached their one-year term limits, and Betsey Peters resigned.

Kielty has taken out papers for a three-year term.

Until the November election, Peters’ seat will be filled by Redding Lane resident Peter Murray.

Nomination papers are available at Town Hall and must be returned by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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